In the dead of winter, when it’s cold and dreary outside is a good time for me to experiment and get a little more creative with my photos. Feedback is always welcome!
The last image I uploaded to Fine Art America in 2016 and the first images I uploaded in 2017. All are available as prints on my site.
My husband often says he likes the original photos before I work them up. What he really means is that he likes the ones where I’ve done some work, but not too much. Raw photos are dull as dishwater and usually need some work. There are also plenty of folks who feel “straight out of camera” is the only way to go. Like it’s some kind of sin to crop or remove a sign or other unwanted thing. I used to be one of those people. I did not like HDR or anything I considered “overworked”. Now I love it!
I started out using film. It was more of a what you get is what you got world. Sure there were ways to cut, paste, burn, dodge, tone, etc. But what a pain in the ass most of it was. Also, the chemicals. Ick. I know people who still use film. I don’t miss it. Digital has given me a whole new way to express myself with photography.
Here are some straight out of camera shots (raw), before I straighten, lighten, or fix color. Then the basic versions, after I do those things. And a few of the ones where I “overworked” them. I love them, but some people don’t enjoy them quite the way I do.
Feel free to share your own before and after. I would love to see them! Any feedback is also welcome!
A gallery of night or dusk images that have been featured on Fine Art America through specific groups.
Click here to see these and other night time images in my gallery.
Red draws the eye. It doesn’t matter if it’s a see of red or just a pop of red.
In this gallery, you’ll find red signs for restaurants, bars, diners, and cinemas. In Dublin, the Temple Bar is a bright red building on the corning in the Temple District. Yes, it stands out against the gray and beige stone of the other buildings, even the red brick of the building it’s attached to. We did have a pint at the Temple Bar while we were there. The Chairs and Sofas is a favorite of mine. I love signs painted on buildings, especially if they are faded and old. The whole side of the building at one time announced its wares. But when that paint faded, they decided to put up this tiny little sign. It almost gets lost in all that ghost paint. Lema’s is a small joint down the street from me. The building is bright red with that kitschy sign announcing World Famous Chittlins. I have not eaten at Lema’s. Chittlins are not on my menu. Ever. Just down from Lema’s is the, now closed, Keeton’s Jewelers. The sign still stands and the clock is in perfect shape even if the sign has lost a bit of its paint. Aunt Sarah’s is a pancake house in the Richmond, VA area. The sign has a goofy guy chasing a chicken because “Cousin John’s Chicken” I suppose. The pancakes are yummy and the coffee pretty tasty too! The Yara cinema is in Havana, Cuba. The huge amount of empty space on that sign struck me. It was difficult to capture it, as there were a million (maybe not that many) people milling about and the light was fading fast.
The dark red rose is now dead and gone, as is the bush it grew on. But the rose bush lasted for years without any help from me. Every year, it presented me with one or two of these magnificent beauties. Spools of colorful thread were bought for embroidery purposes but have now become props for my photography instead. They are the perfect subject with all that color and texture.
Cars and trucks are favorites of mine. These really stood out as the red really pops against the chrome. An antique fire truck has been perfectly restored to look almost brand new. The chrome bird is the perfect compliment to red paint. And the Custom Cab emblem really caught my eye.
Markets and festivals are great places to find subject matter. The scarves are from a festival. They were blowing in the wind and caught my attentions with all those colors. The farmer’s market is definitely a favorite. I tend to buy produce for the purpose of photographing it since I rarely have time to cook it before it goes bad. Those peppers were screaming at me. I knew I couldn’t buy the whole basket, so I took photos instead. I did buy a purple pepper from this vendor though. The red chinese lanterns were hanging outside of a shop in Chinatown in London. I knew I would never be able to get it home in one piece, so I took pics instead. My photos are my souvenirs when I travel. Some shops and vendors don’t want you taking pics, so be mindful.
The others are pretty self explanatory. A red flag, a red telephone booth in London (how could I resist?), red boots, and a red cape. Actually, the cape was originally green, but I thought red would better represent my solo adventurer.
The selfie photo is a favorite of mine. The windows all closed except one. That one single window, open to the world, and she has her back to it. I’m sure that at some point, she turned around to see what was happening below.
I wanted photos of the vintage mixer, but they were so boring. I needed something to put in that thick glass bowl. But what? I had these strips of red satin (I have no idea why) and they seemed some how appropriate for my mood, frustrated, angry, and a little depressed. But I wanted it to feel like more than a gory looking pic. So, I grabbed the fabric up in tight fists. That was the last photo that I got before my cat decided to photo bomb everything. I might revisit this with a better plan. Eventually. Some day. Maybe.
As always, questions or comments are welcome and appreciated!
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This week’s gallery is all about the blues. There are so many different kinds of blue. There’s midnight blue, dark blue, light blue, sky blue, teal, etc. My gallery has them all. The blues of the sky, blue glass, blue cars, blue signs, and blue water.
I love signs and marquees, especially when they have a vintage, retro feel. The blue Bijou Marquee and the Square Room Marquee are both in Knoxville, TN. The Floridita Bar is in Cuba. My sister and I stopped in for a drink while wondering the streets of Trinidad. You can see some of my other signs and marquees in my sign gallery.
The fantasy art was new to me at the time. I have spent most of my life believing I could only use my camera to photograph what is there and as an artist use that to create something personal. But I decided to try something different and created a whole new world in these photos. The Goddess as creator is a definite theme for me. You can see more of my Goddess and fantasy work in this gallery.
Glass tends to be popular among photographers. Mostly because it changes the moment depending on the light. Light coming through or reflecting off glass can change the look of feel of any room or subject. Visit my Glass gallery to see reflections, refractions, and everything in between.
Cars are another favorite for me. I suppose it’s because they are usually reflective like glass and they tend to have great curves and details, especially classic cars. It’s difficult to get a great car shot at car shows, though. There are usually so many people and other cars around. But where there is a will there is a way. Be sure to visit my Car gallery to see some cool old cars and trucks.
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I recently went into the studio to do a new series of photos. Please visit my Purple Rosemary blog to read all about it.
All work is available for sale at Fine Art America.